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Major cash boost for Cornish rowing club

By WMNlynbarton  |  Posted: March 24, 2014

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The Dove, Newquay and Treffry in Newquay. Photo by Terry Barnecutt

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A Cornish rowing club which is home to three historic boats which form the basis of an entire sport has won £50,000 worth of funding.

Newquay Rowing Club secured the National Lottery grant from Sport England's Inspired Facility Fund, which is part of its 2012 Olympic and Para-Olympic Legacy Programme.

The money will go towards the club’s project to upgrade the club's facilities at the harbour which is to begin in early June.

The development will include a long-awaited store for the gigs, a training area, changing facilities, showers, lavatories and a kitchen.

A general purpose function room will be built above the gig store, between the tunnel and the existing building.

Newquay Rowing Club, which was formed in 1921, is arguably the home to the growing sport of Cornish pilot gig racing and home to three of its heritage boats, the Newquay, built in 1812, Dove, built in 1820, and Treffry, built in 1838.

Newquay MP Stephen Gilbert welcomed the money awarded to the club and praised the drive of John Cuthill, chairman of the club, as well as rowers.

“It will be a fantastic community facility providing the club with premises that will be a worthy home for the heritage gigs and pilot gig rowing,” he said.

“This funding has been made possible because of the driving force of chairman, John Cuthill supported by leading rower, Mark Rea, the tireless work over 40 years of the ladies' committee, the commitment of the members and supporting letters from many people and organisations in the community.”

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